David Kannerstein, Ph.D.  

About  Dr. David Kannerstein

pain psychologist

I am a psychologist with over fifteen years experience treating a wide variety of patients.  My areas of expertise include working with:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • career counseling and coaching
I am most passionate, however, about my work with individuals with chronic pain and at times with their spouses, significant others, and families.  I also do coaching with those who do not want or need psychotherapy but want assistance in helping them achieve the kind of life they want.  This includes some of those struggling with chronic pain as well as those with career issues or blocks to creativity.In my psychotherapy, I employ a variety of approaches including
I have extensive experience and training in working with individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.  I have worked for a variety of institutions and private practices and have wide experience in collaborating with other disciplines.My educational background includes:
  • a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University including an APA accredited internship at Friends Hospital
  • a Masters of Social Work Degree from the School of Social Administration at Temple University
My current practice is based primarily at Margolis Berman Byrne Health Psychology in Center City Philadelphia.  I previously worked at:
  • the private practice of psychiatrist Dr. Daniel M. Gruener in Jenkintown and Abington, PA specializing in treating those with chronic pain
  • Penn Friends Behavioral Health and Friends Professional Associates, private practices based at Friends Hospital
  • the Friends Hospital Psychiatric Chronic Pain Program
  • the Woodside Hall Drug and Alcohol Program at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
I am a member of many professional organizations including:
  • the American Psychological Association
  • the Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists
  • the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society
  • the American Pain Society
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility
  • the World Federation for Mental Health
My credentials include:
  • licensure as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and Hawaii
  • certification  in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • membership in  the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology
  • the Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) mobility credential form the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).
I am the co-author with Sarah Whitman, M.D. of a handout for the family members of those with chronic pain entitled “Surviving a Loved One’s Chronic Pain.”  It was published in the journal Practical Pain Management in 2007 and can be downloaded for free by going to their website at www.PPMjournal.com/Handout.pdf.  I have presented before both professional organizations and community groups on topics including:
  • stress management,
  • pain management
  • working with people from different ethnic and cultural groups.
When not working, I enjoy playing the piano and guitar.  Recently retired from professional performing, I played rock and roll, blues, country and western, and bluegrass music professionally for years.  Most recently, I played keyboard for 17 years with the great Philadelphia band The Dukes of Destiny.  I also love taking walks, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling with my wife. I have first hand knowledge of chronic pain having lived with low back pain for many years.